COOP HIMMELB(L)AU – Apartment and Office Building Schlachthausgasse

The complex is located in Schlachthausgasse, the central third district of the city of Vienna.

At the end of 1998, the Mautner-Markhof Children’s Hospital in the 3rd district of Vienna was closed. In 1999 the municipality explored alternative development possibilities for the vacant area. A limited design competition was held, from which Coop Himmelb(l)au emerged as the winner.

The 6+1-storey building is individually differentiated by sculpturally protruding building components.

Together with neighboring buildings, the design closed the gap in the urban space of the perimeter block. At the same time, it left untouched the area of the property oriented along the Kleingasse, while acoustically separating that area from the high-traffic Schlachthausgasse. This allowed for the preservation of valuable pre-existing trees.

If I lived in this building, I’d be happy to come home after work or school. It’s such a beautiful design

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